The Chicago Bears promoted Pat Meyer to offensive line coach on February 12, 2014.
Meyer spent the 2013 season as the Bears assistant offensive line coach as Chicago's offensive line allowed just 30 sacks in 2013, tied for fourth fewest in the NFL. Along with Aaron Kromer, who will hold the title of offensive coordinator and continue to be involved in all aspects of the offense including the offensive line, Meyer helped develop 2013 first-round draft pick Kyle Long into a Pro Bowler during his rookie season. In 2013, the Bears offensive line also helped pave way for Pro Bowl RB Matt Fortè's career-high 1,339 rushing yards, which rank ninth most in franchise history and more than any Bears player other than Hall of Famer Walter Payton.
"Pat came in with an understanding of the offense and quickly assimilated himself with the players," head coach Marc Trestman said. "He worked with Aaron, collectively, to not only teach the offensive linemen but to bring them together collectively and cohesively as a group.
"The move will allow Aaron to still be closely connected to the instruction and development of the offensive line while expanding his coordinator duties and free up time to help in the growth of all of our offensive players."
Meyer joined the Bears after one season in Montreal as the Alouettes offensive coordinator/offensive line coach. In 2012, the Alouettes were third in the league in scoring (26.6 points per game), tied for first in touchdowns (51), second in passing (293.2 yards per game) and tied for first in fewest sacks allowed (30).
Prior to his time in Montreal, Meyer spent four seasons at his alma mater, Colorado State (2008-11). In his first season he worked as the Rams offensive line coach before adding the title of run game coordinator a year later. In 2010, he became Colorado State’s offensive coordinator.
Meyer spent the 2006 season at North Carolina State as the offensive line coach. He also has nine years of experience as a strength and conditioning coaching working at Florida State (2007), NC State (2000-05) and Memphis (1999-2000).
In 1997, Meyer made his coaching debut at Memphis as a graduate assistant before working as the offensive assistant in 1998 with a focus on the Tigers offensive line and tight ends. He was the school’s assistant strength coach in 1999 before working as the director of strength and conditioning for the first five months of 2000.
Meyer was a four-year letterman at Colorado State (1991-94), earning all-WAC honors three-straight years. As a senior he was team captain, earning first-team all-conference accolades and was named an Academic All-American.
He went on to sign with the NFL's Arizona Cardinals as an undrafted rookie free agent in 1995 before playing in the Arena Football League with the St. Louis Stampede.
An all-state selection and a four-year starter at Girard (Ohio) High School, Meyer also lettered in wrestling, basketball, baseball and track.
Meyer and his wife, Erin, have three daughters, Christina, Emma and Sophia. He earned his bachelor's degree in exercise and sports science from CSU in 1995.
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